Weed ‘Giving Tree’ Holiday Wants Children’s Names: On Council Agenda


Weed City Council has received reports on upcoming holiday activities, the needs of its resource center, and an ongoing local debate about the pandemic and public schools.

Here are the highlights from Thursday’s meeting:

Tree to offer

City Councilor Kim Greene, who is also the director of the city’s recreation and parks district, reported on plans for Giving Tree, the children’s gift program.

The holiday tree will be located at the Weed Community Center. Applications for children and families to receive gifts are taken until Dec. 4 by the Recreation District, whose office is at the center.

Weed Councilor and Recreation District Administrator Kim Greene

Application forms can be picked up at the center or downloaded via the district’s Facebook page (Weed Recreation and Parks). Residents can also have them mailed by calling 530-938-4685.

The district will decorate the donation tree with cardboard ornaments with age and height information written on it.

From December 4, the public can visit the tree to select one or more ornaments. Gifts must be returned to the center.

Winter pop-up

The recreation district also holds its annual Winter Popup on Dec. 4 at the community center, Greene reported.

“There will be craft vendors and independent resellers selling items from companies like Thirty-One Gifts, Pampered Chef, Tupperware. LuLaRoe, doTERRA essential oils, etc.,” Greene said.

In addition to the Ornaments and Giving Tree, the holiday event will include a raffle of gift baskets.

Weed Resource Center

City Councilor Ken Palfini reported on a recent meeting of the Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative, which supports local resource centers in the county, including the Family and Community Resource Center of Weed.

Weed Advisor Ken Palfini

Palfini told the council that the local center had “managed to stay open during the pandemic, continuing to provide food and food vouchers, lunches for seniors, a summer camp for young people, parenting classes , assistance with rental requests, etc. “.

In a separate interview, he said that nonprofit centers are the place “in every city that responds to community challenges.

“They provide a lot of services that keep people off the streets, help reduce stress levels, help seniors with health insurance forms, find places that could accommodate you, provide travel vouchers. , find welfare services and help vets. We touch a lot of the little things, ”said Palfini.

The collaboration is raising funds for individual resource centers in the county, but Palfini said he hopes the Weed center can secure a permanent funding base as well.

He mentioned to the board that the Weed Resource Center could use “unrestricted” money, which he later described as money for programs that develop from new situations.

He said the town of Dunsmuir had provided part of its CARE Act funds to the local resource center. “I would like some of Weed’s CARE Act funding to flow to our center like Dunsmuir did.”

Palfini raised the possibility that some of the city’s TOT (Transportation Occupation Tax) money could be directed to the Weed Center.

School regrouping

Councilor Bob Hall said the reunification of Weed High School with Weed Elementary School was on the minds of those he spoke to in the community.

Councilor and former Mayor of Weed, Bob Hall

“Over the past few weeks, quite a few people have told me about school reunification,” Hall reported. “If you want this to happen, then we (the city council) have to see people come and tell us. It’s not our call, so step up,” he said, addressing the audience on the TV stream of the council meeting.

In an interview, Hall said, “We need a little bit of a joint effort to talk to the board all at the same time. I could say (to other board members), ‘I spoke to 55 people’, and the board is supposed to be my word for that? “

The board decided last month not to approve a resolution that would require the Siskiyou County Education Bureau to study the effects and costs of removing the WHS from the Siskiyou Unified School District and join it with the school. primary of a new district.

Although Hall presented the motion at the October board meeting to approve the resolution, it was not seconded. However, the other four board members expressed support for the study but wanted to see more parents involved.

The topic was initiated out of the frustration of some parents who wanted their children to be in class during the pandemic, rather than online at home.


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